The 30 Best Movies On Hulu (April 2024)
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The 30 Best Movies On Hulu (April 2024)

Summary

  • Hulu offers a curated collection of high-quality movies, providing a slimmer but excellent selection for viewers.
  • From comedies like
    Theater Camp
    to dramas like
    The Banshees of Inisherin
    , Hulu offers a diverse range of top films.
  • Some standout movies on Hulu include
    The Death of Stalin
    and
    Pig
    , which received critical acclaim and feature stellar performances.
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    Thanks to its affiliation with Disney, the best movies on Hulu include some of the most popular and sought-after content on any streaming service. While competitors like Netflix and Amazon offer an ever-expanding library, Hulu offers a more focused collection of great movies. Because volume isn’t the objective, Hulu succeeds in curating a batch of excellent films across several genres. Never leaving subscribers overwhelmed for choice, Hulu instead recreates a local video rental store feel by offering a slimmer but high-quality carefully-picked selection of top-tier viewing.

    From Oscar-nominated dramas like The Banshees of Inisherin to Hulu original thrillers like Prey, Hulu’s top films right now offer something for everyone. Modern streaming libraries are like carousels, always moving and always changing. The films released and available on Hulu’s streaming library today are subject to change, so subscribers would make sure to add the best movies on Hulu to their watch lists right away. Here are 30 great options to enjoy in April 2024.

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    Best Comedy Movies On Hulu

    Blockers (2018)

    Blockers

    Director Kay Cannon

    Release Date March 14, 2018

    Cast John Cena , Geraldine Viswanathan , Leslie Mann , Ramona Young , Miles Robbins , Ike Barinholtz , Graham Phillips , Kathryn Newton , Colton Dunn

    Runtime 102minutes

    The 2018 adult comedy Blockers may appear to be another typical Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen-produced outing at first, yet is much more subversive than it appears on the surface. Blockers takes the typical coming-of-age tropes presented by movies like Goldberg and Rogen’s own Superbad, among many others such as American Pie, and flips it on its head by focusing on a trio of female highschoolers who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night (rather than adolescent boys desperately trying to do the same).

    This simple flip of the script makes for an absolutely hilarious and, at times, surprisingly heartfelt movie.

    This simple flip of the script makes for an absolutely hilarious and, at times, surprisingly heartfelt movie. Blockers is easily one of the funniest comedies on Hulu right now, and this isn’t just due to Goldberg and Rogen’s involvement. Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlon all deliver stellar performances as the pact-making trio Julie, Kayla, and Sam. However, it’s their terrified parents (played by Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Bariholtz) that truly steal the show.

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    Theater Camp (2023)

    Theater Camp

    Release Date January 21, 2023

    Director Molly Gordon , Nick Liberman

    Cast Molly Gordon , Ben Platt , Noah Galvin , Jimmy Tatro , Patti Harrison , Ayo Edibiri , Amy Sedaris

    Runtime 94 minutes

    Those who enjoyed the mockumentaries of the ’90s starring Schitt’s Creek actors Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara will be delighted by what the next generation has to offer with Theater Camp. The movie centers around the staff of the AdirondACTS, a struggling theater camp in upstate New York who must work together to keep things running when its founder falls into a coma.

    Past and present theater kids will unsurprisingly get a lot out of this movie, but its heart and humor, thanks to its mostly improvised dialogue, shine through for anyone to enjoy, regardless of their experience with the stage.

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    Quiz Lady (2023)

    Quiz Lady

    Release Date November 3, 2023

    Director Jessica Yu

    Runtime 99 Minutes

    Sandra Oh and Awkwafina have impeccable onscreen chemistry, and their Odd Couple sisters dynamic is as heartfelt as it is hilarious.

    Whether it’s her Golden Globe-winning performance in the heartfelt The Farewell or being the hilarious comic relief in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Awkwafina has been taking Hollywood by storm, and in Quiz Lady, she teams up with the legendary Sandra Oh. The film centers on the game show-obsessed, high-strung Anne (Awkwafina) and her reckless older sister Jenny (Oh). The mismatched siblings are forced to team up and hit the road to get the cash needed to pay their mother’s gambling debts and rescue Mr. Linguini, Anne’s dog who was kidnapped by a loan shark.

    Sandra Oh and Awkwafina have impeccable onscreen chemistry, and their Odd Couple sisters dynamic is as heartfelt as it is hilarious. Quiz Lady is one of the funniest road movies in recent years, and it’s all thanks to their stellar performances and Jessica Yu’s skilled direction.

    Quiz Lady won Best Movie Made for Television at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards.

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    The Death Of Stalin (2017)

    The Death of Stalin (2017)

    Director Armando Iannucci

    Release Date October 20, 2017

    Cast Steve Buscemi , Simon Russell Beale , Paddy Considine , Rupert Friend , Jason Isaacs

    Runtime 107 Minutes

    After his work on blackly satirical hits like The Thick Of It and In The Loop, the terrifying incompetence of the Soviet Union in the aftermath of Stalin’s death was in many ways comfortable territory for writer-director Armando Iannucci. Set during the tense hours and days following the dictator’s demise, The Death of Stalin balances farcical slapstick with genuinely unsettling paranoia.

    The Death of Stalin features a cast of comedic heavyweights including Steve Buscemi and Michael Palin as all the major players in the now-leaderless USSR, capturing their jostle for power and attempts to stab each-other in the back. A reminder that the ridiculous eccentricities of authoritarianism can still be horrifying, The Death of Stalin won critical acclaim for its deft handling of the subject and hilarious performances.

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    Best Drama Movies On Hulu

    The Worst Person In The World (2021)

    The Worst Person In The World mushrooms

    The Worst Person in the World

    Director Joachim Trier

    Cast Vidar Sandem , Anders Danielson Lie , Helene Bjoreby , Renate Reinsve , Hans Olav Brenner , Herbert Nordrum

    Runtime 127 minutes

    In Norwegian film The Worst Person in the World, Oslo student Julie (Renate Reinsve) finds herself unsure of what she wants to do with her life as she approaches her 30th birthday. As she repeatedly changes her field of study, from medicine to psychology to photography, Julie finds herself falling for comic book artist Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie) and bartender Eivind (Herbert Nordrum).

    The Worst Person in the World perfectly captures that feeling of getting lost in limitless possibility, and it’s anchored by Reinsve’s masterful performance. The movie was not only nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards but also Best Original Screenplay, and its words truly leap off the screen.

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    Saint Omer (2022)

    Kayije Kagame as Rama in Saint Omer

    Saint Omer

    Release Date January 13, 2023

    Director Alice Diop

    Cast Kayije Kagame , Guslagie Malanga , Valérie Dréville , Aurélia Petit , Xavier Maly , Robert Canterella , Thomas de Pourquery

    Runtime 122 minutes

    Director Alice Diop carefully toes the line between horror and sympathy, weaving a complex, thought-provoking narrative.

    A powerful contemporary drama that mirrors the classical Greek tragedy Medea, Saint Omer is inspired by a heartbreaking true story of infanticide. Pregnant novelist named Rama (Kayjie Kagame) attends the trial of Laurence Coly (Malanda), a Senegalese mother accused of allowing her baby to be swept away by the ocean.

    Based on the true story of Fabienne Kabou, director Alice Diop carefully toes the line between horror and sympathy, weaving a complex, thought-provoking narrative. Saint Omer was recognized as the Best International Film by the African-American Film Critics Association, the Best First Film by the Cesar Awards, and has over a dozen more international accolades.

    Saint Omer is French filmmaker Alice Diop’s first feature film. However, her documentaries stretching back to 2005 have received multiple awards and accolades, highlighting both her talent and versatility.

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    Sophie’s Choice (1983)

    Sophie’s Choice (1983)

    Director Alan J. Pakula

    Release Date March 4, 1983

    Writers William Styron , Alan J. Pakula

    Cast Meryl Streep , Kevin Kline , Peter MacNicol , Rita Karin , Stephen D. Newman , Greta Turken , Josh Mostel , Marcell Rosenblatt

    To this day, Sophie’s Choice remains famous for Meryl Streep’s powerful central performance that secured her first Academy Award for Best Actress. However, even without Streep’s presence in the title role, Sophie’s Choice is one of the most compelling and heartbreaking stories ever told about the Holocaust.

    In 1947, a writer named Stingo (Peter MacNicol) moves to Brooklyn and befriends the Polish immigrant Sophie (Streep) and her lover Nathan (Kevin Kline), who suffers from mental health problems. As Nathan grows increasingly jealous of Stingo and Sophie’s friendship, Sophie’s Choice reveals Sophie’s dark history, including how she was interned at Auschwitz. The movie remains just as powerful as it was upon release and easily ranks among the best drama movies on Hulu.

    In addition to Meryl Streep’s Oscars win, Sophie’s CHoice was also nominated for four additional Academy Awards — Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.

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    Pig (2021)

    Pig

    Release Date July 16, 2021

    Director Michael Sarnoski

    Cast Nicolas Cage , Julia Bray , Alex Wolff , Gretchen Corbett , Elijah Ungvary , Nina Belforte , Darius Pierce , Adam Arkin

    Runtime 92 minutes

    Pig won several critics’ awards and earned a high 97% Rotten Tomatoes score.

    Nicolas Cage has taken on some unique roles, but few have generated the hype or acclaim of Pig. Released in 2021, Pig sees Cage as a former Portland chef who has become a recluse, living in a cabin deed in the Oregon forests. However, when someone steals his beloved truffle-hunting pig, he sets out to find who kidnapped his animal companion and ends up on a journey of reflection and self-discovery.

    While it was a limited release and looked on paper like a typically bombastic Cage revenge thriller, Pig won several critics’ awards and earned a high 97% Rotten Tomatoes score.

    The many awards for Pig include an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for Vanessa Block and Michael Sarnoski.

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    Moulin Rouge! (2001)

    There was no shortage of iconic rom-coms and musicals in the 2000s, and the decade was kicked off in style by Elvis director Baz Luhrmann with the sleek and unashamedly sensuous music Moulin Rouge! Starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in arguably career-defining roles, Moulin Rouge! tells the story of a young writer (McGregor) who travels to Paris to discover what it is to be a Bohemian. He soon finds himself at the infamous titular venue and, after seeing the courtesan Satin (Kidman) dancing, falls head-over-heels in love.

    Despite her best efforts, she finds herself reciprocating his affections after his adorably awkward advances. However, matters are complicated thanks to both Satine’s ill-health, and the fact that she has been promised to a lecherous Duke in exchange for his becoming the venue’s financier. Moulin Rouge! is truly a genre-defying love story, and one with a somewhat tragic ending, and it’s underpinned throughout by an incredible array of musical numbers comprised of retooled pop classics.

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    Fire Island (2022)

    Fire Island

    Release Date June 3, 2022

    Director Andrew Ahn

    Cast James Scully , Nick Adams , Conrad Ricamora , Bowen Yang , Torian Miller , Joel Kim Booster , Tomás Matos , Zane Phillips , Margaret Cho , Matt Rogers

    Runtime 105 minutes

    Some of the best rom-coms are modern retellings of Jane Austen novels, from Bridget Jones’s Diary to Clueless, and Fire Island is squarely among their ranks. Inspired by Pride and Prejudice, the movie sees a pair of gay best friends get together for a weekend vacation on Fire Island, where they deal with their issues and possibly find love in the process.

    Fire Island was universally praised for its entirely LGBTQ+ cast and its depiction of layered queer characters that never fall into stereotype or over/undersexualization. And beyond its progressiveness, Fire Island is just wildly fun and one of the best movies on Hulu.

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    Good Luck To You, Leo Grande (2022)

    Emma Thompson won the Most Daring Performance Award from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

    A heartfelt examination of life and love after grief,Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is both poignant and hilarious. Emma Thompson stars as Nancy, a woman who, following the death of her husband, hires a sex worker named Leo (Daryl McCormack) in an effort to experience her first orgasm. Although the relationship begins purely physical, the pair form a more intimate emotional bond that enables them to heal and work through their different traumas.

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande was acclaimed upon release, while Emma Thompson won the Most Daring Performance Award from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande was a breakout role for Daryle McCormack, whoe most prominent previous roles included recurring parts on Peaky Blinders and The Wheel of Time. However, he held his own alongside Hollywood heavyweight Emma Thompson, and can next be seen in 2024’s Twisters.

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    Happiest Season (2020)

    Happiest Season

    Release Date November 26, 2020

    Director Clea DuVall

    Runtime 102minutes

    Happiest Season arrived in 2020 as a Hulu original, cementing the service’s status as a content producer as well as a host for licensed titles. Directed by Clea DuVall, the movie focuses on a young couple played by Kristen Stewart (Abby) and Mackenzie Davis (Harper). While they have been dating for over a year, Harper has not told her parents she is gay and asks Abby to pretend to be her friend.

    The movie on Hulu has positive critical reviews for its nuanced examination of young relationships, and it won a GLAAD Award for its smart and sensitive approach to the material. As such, Happiest Season forms part of a wealth of great LGBTQ+ content on Hulu.

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    Palm Springs (2020)

    Palm Springs

    Release Date July 10, 2020

    Director Max Barbakow

    Cast Dale Dickey , Jena Friedman , Camila Mendes , Cristin Milioti , Meredith Hagner , Conner O’Malley , Tyler Hoechlin , Chris Pang , June Squibb , Andy Samberg , Tongayi Chirisa , Brian Duffy , J. K. Simmons , Peter Gallagher , Jacqueline Obradors

    Runtime 90 minutes

    Palm Springs’ time-hopping narrative helped mean that more people watched the movie in its first three days than any other in the service’s history

    Another Hulu original, Palm Springs is an innovative science fiction comedy about two strangers who meet at a wedding in Palm Springs and end up stuck in a time loop. Starring Andy Samberg as Nyles and Cristin Milioti as Sarah, Palm Springs’ time-hopping narrative helped mean that more people watched the movie in its first three days than any other in the service’s history (viaIndieWire). As an original take on the classic sci-fi trope, the movie also secured rave reviews from critics.

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    Best Action & Adventure Movies On Hulu

    Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

    On the surface, a sequel to the classic 1995 adventure movie Jumanji 20 years after the fact didn’t seem like a guaranteed winner. However, thanks to an inventive update to the source material, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle delivered above and beyond expectations. Whereas the Robin Williams original revolved around a board game, the 2017 update reimagined Jumanji as a videogame, sucking characters into a virtual world. Add in the unparalleled chemistry between all four cast members, and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle becomes a refreshingly funny action adventure for all the family.

    A fourth Jumanji movie has been in development for some time, however the project might have possibly stalled — despite demand for a sequel to Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle remaining high.

    Watch On Hulu

    Dog Soldiers (2002)

    Werewolf standing over a soldier in Dog Soldiers (2002)

    Dog Soldiers

    Release Date May 10, 2002

    Director Neil Marshall

    Cast Sean Pertwee , Kevin McKidd , Emma Cleasby , Liam Cunningham , Thomas Lockyer , Darren Morfitt

    Runtime 105 minutes

    Dog Soldiers is a hidden gem in The Descent-director Marshall’s career and a great action-horror flick

    A bloody blend of action and horror, Dog Soldiers is a werewolf movie whose bite is just as bad as its bark. Following a group of soldiers on what’s supposed to be a routine training exercise in the Scottish Highlands, the movie pits the tightly-knit team against a family of werewolves out for blood. The team takes refuge in a mysterious cabin, barricading themselves in to prepare for a brutal battle and to try and make it to morning.

    Influenced by the likes of Zulu and Aliens, and earning a deserved cult following in the years following its release, Dog Soldiers is a hidden gem in The Descent-director Marshall’s career and a great action-horror flick.

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    Akira (1988)

    Akira

    Release Date June 28, 1991

    Director Katsuhiro Otomo

    Cast Mitsuo Iwata , Nozomu Sasaki , Mami Koyama , Tesshô Genda

    Runtime 2h 4m

    One of the most popular and acclaimed anime features of all time, Akira is a landmark achievement both for its mainstream impact and its furiously energetic storytelling style. Set in an alternate 2019 Tokyo, the film centers on the leader of a biker gang whose childhood friend acquires incredible telekinetic abilities following an accident. This brings the pair into conflict with the military, with spectacularly explosive results. The film’s lovingly hand-drawn animation style set the new standard for the genre, and Akira ranks among the best animated action movies ever made.

    Despite its significant cultural impact, Akira’s only notable award is the 1992 Silver Scream Award at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival. This is an incredible juxtaposition to how often it appears on many critics’ lists of essential animated movies — and demonstrates the increased regard animation is seen with in the 21st century.

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    Best Thriller Movies On Hulu

    No One Will Save You (2023)

    No One Will Save You

    Release Date September 22, 2023

    Director Brian Duffield

    Cast Kaitlyn Dever

    Runtime 93 Minutes

    A subtle-yet-nailbiting thriller with a unique feel

    A thriller with plenty of sci-fi and horror elements, 2023’s No One Will Save You created many conversations when it arrived for three main reasons. First, the distinct lack of dialogue throughout most of the movie. Second, the outstanding performance of Kaityln Dever as Brynn, a young woman who lives alone and finds herself at the center of an alien invasion. Finally, No One Will Save You was immediately noticed when it arrived on Hulu thanks to just how tense the movie manages to be.

    No One Will Save You is the second movie directed by Brian Duffield after 2020’s Spontaneous, and once again the Quarantine and The Babysitter screenwriter showed he’s more than adept in the directors’ chair. No One Will Save You was largely overlooked when it came to accolades and awards, but it was the most streamed movie in the US during the week it debuted(via The Wrap). Hulu subscribers seeking a subtle-yet-nailbiting thriller with a unique feel will find this one of the best options currently available on the platform.

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    How To Blow Up A Pipeline (2022)

    How to Blow up a Pipeline

    How to Blow Up a Pipeline

    Release Date April 7, 2023

    Director Daniel Goldhaber

    Cast Ariela Barer , Kristine Froseth , Lukas Gage , Forrest Goodluck , Sasha Lane , Jayme Lawson , Marcus Scribner , Jake Weary , Irene Bedard

    Runtime 104 Minutes

    Taking inspiration from Andreas Malm’s non-fiction book of the same name, How to Blow Up a Pipeline is as explosive and incendiary as its title suggests. The film follows a group of young eco-terrorists as they plot to destroy an oil pipeline in West Texas. Despite their violent plan, the movie raises thought-provoking questions about to what extent such actions are justifiable, given the existential nature of the climate emergency. Powerful and provocative, How to Blow Up a Pipeline is a considered thriller that never shies away from the complexity of its themes.

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    American Murderer (2022)

    American Murderer

    Release Date October 28, 2022

    Director Matthew Gentile

    Cast Tom Pelphrey , Ryan Phillippe , Idina Menzel , Paul Schneider , Shantel VanSanten

    Runtime 120 minutes

    For his portrayal of Jason Derek Brown, Tom Pelphrey won the Best Actor award at the Boston Film Festival

    A true-crime story that expertly blends history with narrative license,American Murderer chronicles the real-life murderer, robber, and fugitive Jason Derek Brown, played by Tom Pelphrey. Jason is a charismatic conman using a series of scams to fund his decadent lifestyle – while being pursued by FBI special agent Lance Leising (Ryan Philippe).

    For his portrayal of Jason Derek Brown, Tom Pelphrey won the Best Actor award at the Boston Film Festival. Meanwhile, the San Diego International Film Festival gave Matthew Gentile the Artistic Director’s Award, and the Fayette Film Festival handed him the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature.

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    Best Sci-Fi Movies On Hulu

    Dune (2021)

    Dune

    Release Date October 22, 2021

    Cast Dave Bautista , Rebecca Ferguson , Sharon Duncan-Brewster , Jason Momoa , David Dastmalchian , Stephen McKinley Henderson , Stellan Skarsgård , Charlotte Rampling , Chang Chen , Oscar Isaac , Zendaya , Javier Bardem , Timothee Chalamet , Josh Brolin

    Runtime 155 minutes

    With the second half currently in theaters, there’s never been a better time for Hulu subscribers to catch up

    Zendaya made waves with her out-of-this-world fashion choices at the premiere of Dune: Part II, and the first movie in the franchise is now available to stream on Hulu. Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 epic Dune is the first part of the director’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel, considered by many to be one of the deepest and most complex sci-fi epics of all time. Dune doesn’t disappoint, and with the second half currently in theaters, there’s never been a better time for Hulu subscribers to catch up and find out why the saga is creating so many conversations.

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    The Creator (2023)

    The Creator

    Release Date September 29, 2023

    Director Gareth Edwards

    Cast John David Washington , Gemma Chan , Ken Watanabe , Sturgill Simpson , Allison Janney , Madeleine Yuna Voyles

    With AI at the forefront of conversation in the 2020s, the Gareth Edwards sci-fi movie The Creator feels incredibly timely. Set in 2065, this sci-fi film on Hulu finds the world reeling from a tragedy — a rogue AI detonating a nuclear warhead above L.A. This kick-starts a war between humanity and the machines. However, The Creator leans much more toward franchises like The Matrix than The Terminator, as war is really a narrative vehicle to explore philosophical questions like what it really means to exist, and whether AI truly counts as “life”.

    While The Creator wasn’t the box office smash many had hoped it would be, it still found its footing and received generally favorable reviews from critics schooled in the genre. It also won and has been nominated for many lesser-known but still prestigious awards, with its grassroots popularity helping it slowly but surely amass a following. The cast all deliver solid performances, especially John David Washington in the lead role of Joshua Taylor.

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    Prey (2022)

    Prey

    Release Date August 5, 2022

    Director Dan Trachtenberg

    Cast Dane DiLiegro , Michelle Thrush , Julian Black Antelope , Stormee Kipp , Amber Midthunder , Dakota Beavers

    Runtime 1h 40m

    Thankfully, Dan Trachtenberg’s Prey restored the Predator series to its former greatness.

    After a string of sub-par sequels, the Predator franchise was in dire need of restitution. Thankfully, Dan Trachtenberg’s Prey restored the Predator series to its former greatness. Taking place in 1719, the Hulu movie pits a young Comanche woman against the terrifying alien hunter, restoring Predator to its roots with a brutally efficient premise. The movie was a huge success, becoming not only one of the best movies in the franchise, but one of the best Hulu movies in general. The movie has a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with new star Amber Midthunder winning plaudits for her performance.

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    Infinity Pool (2023)

    Infinity Pool

    Release Date January 27, 2023

    Director Brandon Cronenberg

    Runtime 117 minutes

    Surreal and sinister, Brandon Cronenberg’s Infinity Pool is an intricate blend of science-fiction and horror. Centering on James Foster, a struggling writer in search of inspiration, the movie takes place in a picture-perfect resort with something ugly bubbling below the surface. After he’s embroiled in a car accident, James discovers an underground hedonistic cabal who commits horrific acts, only to create clones and have their doubles punished in their place. Praised by critics for its unsettling visuals and style, Infinity Pool cements Cronenberg’s status as a major player in modern horror.

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    Best Horror Movies On Hulu

    Poor Things (2023)

    Poor Things

    Director Yorgos Lanthimos

    Release Date September 8, 2023

    Runtime 141 Minutes

    Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Emma Stone in an Oscar-winning lead role as Bella Baxter, 2023’s Poor Things is a subversive black comedy/horror movie that stormed the 2024 Academy Awards, with nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (for Mark Ruffalo) alongside its multiple wins. In Poor Things, Emma Stone’s Baxter is a deceased woman brought back to life by a deranged scientist in 19th century London. However, in a dark horror twist, Bella’s brain and mind are in fact that of the fetus the woman was pregnant with, giving her a childlike personality.

    While the resurrection and brain-swap give the award-winning movie many horror undertones, it is at its heart a story about sexual liberation and self-discovery.

    While the resurrection and brain-swap give the award-winning movie many horror undertones, it is at its heart a story about sexual liberation and self-discovery. This doesn’t mean that it’s a wholesome tale, however, as Bella is subjected to an incredible amount of torment and trauma, especially toward the end of the movie. Stone is joined in the Poor Things cast by the likes of Mark Ruffalo and Willem Dafoe. The entirety of the movie is dripping in Lanthimos’ inimitable directoral style, and — as the many, many awards it’s won prove — few recent movies currently on Hulu can match it.

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    The Boogeyman (2023)

    The Boogeyman

    Release Date June 2, 2023

    Director Rob Savage

    Cast Madison Hu , Vivien Lyra Blair , Sophie Thatcher , David Dastmalchian , Chris Messina , Marin Ireland

    Runtime 98minutes

    The themes of grief and loss make this film a memorable story

    Stephen King adaptations will forever be a staple of horror cinema, and 2023 offers The Boogeyman, an adaptation of King’s 1973 short story of the same name, shows why. It centers on sisters Sadie (Sophie Thatcher) and Sawyer Harper (Vivien Lyra Blair), two sisters grieving the loss of their mother with no emotional support from their father Will (Chris Messina). The Harpers’ tragedy takes a horrifying turn when a mysterious man shows up at the house and leaves behind a supernatural entity who terrorizes the family.

    The Boogeyman isn’t destined to reach the legacy of iconic King adaptations like Carrie (1976) or The Shining, and it does rely a little too heavily on jump scares, but the cast’s strong performances and the themes of grief and loss make this film a memorable story worth a watch. Just be sure to have a death-grip on the popcorn.

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    Fresh (2022)

    Steve (Sebastian Stan) and No (Daisy Edgar-Jones) dancing in Fresh

    Fresh

    Release Date March 4, 2022

    Director Mimi Cave

    Runtime 114 minutes

    Fresh was a welcome addition to the modern canon of so-called “elevated horror”

    A brutal parable about the perils of modern dating,Fresh was a welcome addition to the modern canon of so-called “elevated horror” when it released in 2020. Daisy Esgar-Jones stars as a woman named Noa who is struggling in the dating world, but soon finds what she thinks is the perfect man in Sebastian Stan’s Steve. What she doesn’t realize is that Steve is a butcher of human meat, and Noa is his latest conquest. The movie is rightly recognized as one of the best Hulu horror movies, as well as one of its most-watched originals.

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    Titane (2021)

    Adrien dancing on the car in Titane.

    Titane

    Release Date October 1, 2021

    Director Julia Ducournau

    Cast Garance Marillier , Agathe Rousselle , Vincent Lindon , Laïs Salameh

    Runtime 108 minutes

    Directed by Raw’s Julia Ducournau, Titane is a bizarre and unconventional body horror that won acclaim on release. The movie centers on Agathe, who continues to suffer bizarre symptoms years after a car crash left her with a titanium plate in her head. Not only does the experience tend her towards violent behavior, but it is established early on in the film that she is sexually attracted to cars. Exploring themes of identity and historical psychological damage, Titane won Ducournau the Palme d’Or, becoming only the second female director to do so.

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    Hellraiser (2022)

    Hellraiser

    Release Date October 7, 2022

    Director David Bruckner

    Cast Jamie Clayton , Goran Visnjic , Odessa A’Zion , Hiam Abbass , Brandon Flynn

    Runtime 120minutes

    Hellraiser (2022) explores themes of addiction and trauma in order to bring its story to life.

    After a succession of sub-par releases went a long way towards ruining the franchise’s reputation, Hellraiser (2022) was a welcome return to form. Just like earlier entries, the movie revolves around a mysterious puzzle box that has the power to summon sinister and terrifying demons. However, where other Hellraiser movies have ignored plot and character for the sake of gore, Hellraiser (2022) explores themes of addiction and trauma in order to bring its story to life. The result is a horror that, while not quite on a par with original, is certainly one of the better entries in the series.

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    Skinamarink (2022)

    A composite image of Kevin sitting and a glowing TV from Skinamarink

    Skinamarink

    Release Date January 13, 2023

    Director Kyle Edward Ball

    Cast Lucas Paul , Dali Rose Tetreault , Ross Paul , Jamie Hill

    Runtime 100 minutes

    Highly experimental and utterly disturbing despite not showing much, Skinamarink is one of the most unsettling psychological horrors of the past decade. The movie follows two children who awake in their house to find their father missing. To make matters worse, the building’s doors and windows slowly start to vanish, leaving them trapped.

    Skinamarink has a nightmarish quality, and was even inspired by a recurring dream from the director. Shot on a minuscule budget, the movie is deliberately paced and extremely atmospheric, marking it out in a saturated horror market.

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    The Babadook (2014)

    The Babadook

    Release Date November 28, 2014

    Director Jennifer Kent

    Cast Noah Wiseman , Essie Davis

    Runtime 94 minutes

    The Babadook won universal critical acclaim on release — with good reason.

    Both a complex meditation on motherhood depression, and mental health, and a straight-up terrifying horror movie, The Babadook won universal critical acclaim on release — with good reason. The film follows a single mother, who struggles to contend with her son’s erratic behavior while also trying to process her grief about her husband’s death.

    After reading a mysterious pop-up book to her son, the pair seem to be haunted by a terrifying monster, although questions remain over exactly what is and isn’t real. The Babadook won a string of awards and was a major financial success, easily ranking among the best horror movies on Hulu.

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